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LTE and LTE-Advanced: System Design and Operation

Key facts

TypesProfessional Development
Short Courses
LocationOxford
Subject area(s)Electronic Engineering
Telecommunications Engineering
FeesFrom £1995.00
Application statusDates to be confirmed - Accepting applications
Course codeO14C728H6Y
Course contactIf you have any questions about this course, please email telecoms@conted.ox.ac.uk.

Overview

We can accept registrations up to 2 days before the course start date if you provide a purchase order or credit/debit card details.

includes:
LTE Theory and Network Planning
LTE Release 8-9 and 10-12
LTE and HSPA RF Terminals and Design Challenges
LTE and HSPA Protocols

An update of the popular course, explaining the capabilities and operation of 3G Mobile Networks, which includes presentations by some of the world's leading industry experts in the field of LTE and HSPA.

All delegates will receive a free copy of "LTE Advanced: 3GPP Solution for IMT-Advanced" by Harri Holma and Antti Toskala " by Harri Holma and Antti Toskala (Wiley).

Please send me details about future LTE, LTE-Advanced and HSPA Evolution: System Design and Operation courses.

Description

This five-day course provides a detailed end-to-end description and explanation of the global LTE and LTE-Advanced radio standards, with presentations from Harri Holma and Antti Toskala, authors of the current definitive work, LTE for UMTS - OFDMA and SC-FDMA Based Radio Access.

The goals of the course are to give delegates a solid understanding of how 4G LTE radio access and core networks fit together to give operators an easier to manage and lower cost end to end solution.

With full explanations of OFDMA and SC-FDMA air interfaces, the course explains the evolutions of the standards. We explain the complexities of RF design of multi-mode, multi-band handsets and describe the signalling procedures used between handset and network.

Real-world implementation aspects of the new technology will be discussed, including system dimensioning and design, and the performance of mobile data applications. Emphasis throughout the course will be placed on optimising the data capability of these networks, including efficient packet data capacity, broadband wireless services, radio resource management as well as upgrade paths for operators.

Programme details

Day 1 – LTE Theory and Network Planning (Jonathan Moss)

Introduction to LTE and SAE architecture

  • How to navigate and use 3GPP standards
  • Mobility management
  • Current and future international frequency allocations
  • Handling of voice calls and interworking with 3G

Derivation of OFDMA

  • Generalised view of radio modulation schemes
  • Modes and maths of MIMO
  • OFDMA as evolution from limitations of WCDMA
  • Use of FFT for modulation
  • Effects of multipath distortion and cyclic prefix
  • Hands-on live demonstration of OFDMA waveform generation and reception

LTE Downlink Modulation

  • Resource blocks and resource elements
  • Use of reference symbols
  • Random access procedures

LTE Uplink Modulation

  • Overview of SC-FDMA
  • Construction of the waveform using FFT
  • Handset power limitations

LTE Link Budget Calculations

  • Bottom-up link budget calculation for uplink and downlink
  • Comparison of cell ranges in different LTE brands

Days 2 and 3 – LTE Release 8-9 and 10-12 (Antti Toskala and Harri Holma)

LTE Release 8-9

  • LTE Releases 8-9
  • 3GPP Status and LTE Schedule
  • LTE Architecture
  • S1 and X2 interfaces
  • Evolved Packet Core
  • LTE Layer 2/3
  • OFDMA and SC-FDMA principles
  • LTE Physical Layer
  • LTE Mobility
  • LTE Radio Resource Management
  • LTE Data rates, Coverage and Capacity
  • LTE Voice solutions
  • LTE Frequency variants
  • TD-LTE
  • LTE benchmarking to HSPA+

LTE Release 10-12

  • Carrier Aggregation (CA)
  • Terminal categories
  • MIMO evolution
  • Performance evaluation
  • Heterogeneous Networks (HetNet)
  • Coordinated Multipoint (CoMP)
  • Self Organizing Networks (SON)
  • Relay nodes (RN)
  • Small Cell Enhancements (SCE)
  • Machine Type Communication (MTC)
  • Enhanced CoMP over non-ideal backhaul (eCoMP)
  • Radio Level WLAN interworking
  • Device-to-device communication (D2D)
  • FDD-TDD carrier aggregation
  • 3D beamforming
  • LTE for Unlicenced Bands (LTE-U)

Day 4 – LTE and HSPA RF Design and Performance (Laurent Noel)

Introduction to Multimode Multiband handset design challenges

- 3GPP frequency band evolution vs year vs mode and typical handset band support
- Worldwide phone frequency band requirements: dual-mode, vs triple-mode vs quad-mode

Cost reduction in Multimode Multiband terminals

- Evolution of Silicon Area and component count in single mode (GSM), dual-mode (GSM-HSPA), triple mode (GSM-HSPA-LTE) terminals
- RF transceiver architecture: 10 years of evolutions to reduce PCB area and component count
  • Solving the cost-performance trade-off by removing interstage SAW filters
  • Carrier-Aggregation (CA) challenges: impact on complexity and TX noise requirements
- RF front-end evolutions
  • Trends in filters and RF switches over the last 10 years
  • Front-end Module integration evolution in recent smartphones
  • RF multiplexing strategies to address CA: duplexer bank vs quadplexers vs hexaplexers
- Power Amplifiers: single band discrete PAs vs Multi-mode Multi-band PAs
  • Example of trade-offs applied to a North-American triple mode design
  • Reconfigurability concept with MMMB PA modules
  • Cost savings: discrete PA vs MMMB PA in triple mode NA variant example
- Over the Air performance
  • WCDMA TRP TIS smartphone performance status
  • OTA performance challenges with MIMO operation
  • Antenna tuner & impedence tuner: cost performance trade-offs
- RF subsystem control and IQ interfaces: cost savings with MIPI interfaces
  • Example of cost savings using MIPI DigRF v4 and RFFE on a Carrier Aggregation RF subsystem
  • EMI control and coexistence design challenges
- More co-existence challenges
  • in single chip RF, BB, PMU devices
  • Within the RF subsystem: example of LTE CA band 4 - band
  • Between cellular and connectivity subsystems: example of GPS desense
  • Other co-existence associated with LTE operation

Power consumption reduction in MM MB terminals

  • Benchmark of recent triple mode chipsets
  • Voice centric feature phones vs smartphone power consumption evolution
  • Impact of screen related activity on power consumption
- Application Engines:
  • Trade-off between power consumption, user experience and performance: the example of ARM bigLITTLE
  • Design trade-off between performance, thermal runaway and PCB heatsink in bigLITTLE solutions
- Cellular Power Amplifier power supply control strategy
  • Gain switching vs average power tracking vs envelope tracking
  • IEEE and commercial handset benchmarking
- CPC DTX DRX impact on terminal power consumption - Impact of LTE DRX on terminal power consumption

Day 5 – LTE and HSPA Protocols (Neil Wiffen)

  • Signalling Procedures
    • Signalling Overview
    • Call Control
    • Mobility Management
    • GPRS Mobility Management
    • Session Management
  • Security Procedures
    • Security Overview
    • UMTS Security Architecture
    • Security Features
    • GSM-UMTS interoperability
  • Layer 2 Protocols (UE-RAN)
    • General Protocol Architecture
    • UMTS Layer 2 Principles
    • RLC Functions and Procedures
    • MAC Functions and Procedures
    • Protocol Termination (Release ’99)
    • HSPA outline

* Please notify us on your registration form if you would prefer to receive a copy of one of the follwing books instead:

  • "HSDPA/HSUPA for UMTS" by Harri Holma and Antti Toskala (Wiley)
  • "WCDMA for UMTS" by Harri Holma and Antti Toskala (Wiley)
  • "LTE-Advanced" by Harri Holma and Antti Toskala (Wiley)
  • "Voice over LTE" by Harri Holma and Antti Toskala (Wiley)

Our congratulations to Antti Toskala who received the 'Award for Individual Contribution to LTE Development' at the inaugural LTE Awards at the 2010 LTE World Summit on 18 May 2010. Click here to read more.

Staff

 

Dr Harri Holma

Role: Speaker

NSN Fellow - Radio System Performance,
Nokia Solutions and Networks, Finland


Harri Holma joined Nokia Research Centre in 1994...more
 

Dr Jonathan Moss

Role: Speaker

Telecoms Consultant

Jonathan is an RF Design Engineer and Telecoms Trainer currently focusing on 77GHz vehicular radar...more
 

Mr Laurent Noël

Role: Speaker

System Performance Analyst at Videotron, Canada, Mobile Devices Certification
(formerly Senior System Architect at ST-Ericsson)
...more
 

Dr Antti Toskala

Role: Speaker

Head of 3GPP Radio Standardization,
Nokia Siemens Networks


Antti Toskala (M.Sc) joined the Nokia Research Center in 1994,...more
 

Neil Wiffen

Role: Speaker

Senior Technical Instructor,
Red Banana Wireless Ltd


Since 2001 Neil has developed and delivered training for the majority of...more

Certification

Participants who satisfy the course requirements will receive a Certificate of Attendance. The sample is an illustration only.

Level and demands

The course is aimed at those wishing to gain a complete end-to-end overview of UMTS technology, in particular RF and baseband engineers, radio planners, service developers, equipment designers and telecoms consultants. In addition, the course will appeal to technical managers, analysts and strategists wishing to increase their technical understanding of the subject area.

Accommodation

Rewley House Accommodation

Accommodation is available at the Rewley House Residential Centre, within the Department for Continuing Education, in central Oxford. The comfortable, en-suite, study-bedrooms are rated 3-star, and come with free high-speed internet access and TV. Guests can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme.

Payment

Fees include course materials, tuition, refreshments and lunches. The price does not include accommodation.

All courses are VAT exempt.

Fee options

Programme Fee
Standard course fee: £1995.00

Apply for this course

If you would like to discuss your application or any part of the application process before applying, please contact:
Course Administrator
Tel: +44 (0)1865 286958
Email: telecoms@conted.ox.ac.uk

You can apply for this course in the following ways:

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PDF Application Form PDF document.

Terms & Conditions (important: please read before applying) PDF document.
Guidance Notes (important: please read before applying) PDF document.

Programmes including this module

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